WARNING: Spoilers for the most recent Holic chapters.

"If I don't say this now, I will surely break/As I'm leaving the one I want to take/Forgive the urgency but hurry up and wait/My heart has started to separate" -The Fray

Look After You

Watanuki was drifting.

Pain was lacing the edges of his dreams as it had been doing the last time he'd slept, but he wasn't so unbearably cold this time. In fact, he was warm, and so comfortable that he didn't ever want to get up.

That is, until the warmth next to him shifted and jolted his brain awake. His eyes shot open to see Doumeki, shirtless with his chest heavily bandaged, curled up against him.

"Yargh!" He screamed, scrambling away and nearly falling out of bed. Doumeki's eyes opened irritably, his hands going up to cover his ears.

"Shut up." He groaned, wincing. "And don't reopen your wounds, idiot." His eyes opened fully and looked at Watanuki, all the annoyance flushed out. "How are you feeling?"

Watanuki froze for a second, his sleep-clogged brain struggling to process information, stuttering like a car with a cold engine. "Why are you all wrapped up?"

"It's the price I paid." He said simply, as unreadable as ever.

Watanuki blinked, realizing exactly where they were. "You're inside the shop!"

"Ah." Doumeki replied, not bothering to make fun of Watanuki being slow on the uptake. "C'mon, you should rest some more." He said, patting the spot next to him.

He crawled back to the spot and leaned back against the pillow, a bit irked at being so close to Doumeki. The archer shifted around a little to make them both comfortable. He didn't know why Watanuki was making such a big fuss; the bed was huge.

"Kunogi went home already."

"I know." Watanuki responded, gazing down at his lap, his eyes sad. Doumeki stared at him piercingly for a second.

"I'm sorry." He said.

Watanuki's eyes closed, probably holding back the well of tears at everything that had happened. He didn't say anything.

"I'm also sorry that I was too late to catch you."

"It's not your fault. It wasn't anybody's fault." Watanuki declared fiercely.

"That's why Kunogi's still going to eat lunch with us."

"Did you say that to her?" Watanuki opened his eyes again, sitting up gingerly. Doumeki nodded, and his eyes widened slightly at Watanuki's faint, watery smile.

"T-thank you." How was it that those two words were always so hard for him to say?

There was an unreadable expression in Doumeki's face. "Go to sleep."

Watanuki obediently settled back onto his pillow, but turned to face his rival.



"What did you pay for?"

A golden eye looked out at him. "Your blood, by using my blood."

"But why?" Watanuki exclaimed. He was honestly shocked. "Why would you do that...for me?"

Doumeki's lips quirked up into a smirk, but without any smugness behind it. "Do you really need me to answer that?"

Still stunned, Watanuki leaned heavily down into the pillows, his long bursts of energy having taken their toll, and his mind was already retreating back, back into the depths of sleep.

Even as his body shut down, he could hear the response.

'It's just what I chose to do…'

Doumeki watched over him a little longer.

"If anything ever happened to you…" He moved in closer next to Watanuki, and brushed a piece of hair out of his face. The smaller boy smiled slightly, his breathing becoming slow and regular, and his heart ached at the thought of what would have happened had he been the only one willing to cover the cost of the wish.

"I don't know what I'd do. That's why I'll do anything-" He choked up a little here, glad to know his friend was asleep. "To make sure you don't disappear. I don't want to be left alone, Watanuki."

In his sleep, Watanuki frowned and sighed, rolling away from Doumeki.


Please comment! This is my first Doumeki/Watanuki fic and I really want to hear what people think of it. :D